Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

Final Course Selection Evening for Incoming Frosh Tuesday
The second of two Course Selection Evenings for incoming freshmen and their families will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2104 of the West Building. Parents and guardians should park in lot B and enter at the Forum (also known as “the point”) to check in. Counselors will be available in 2104 to answer questions regarding elective courses. A school nurse also will be available to answer questions related to the Certificate of Child Health Examination form, immunization requirements, administration of medicine during the school day, how the school works with students who have a chronic illness. Parents also may submit completed forms during the evening.

Baroque Ensemble Concert Tuesday
The Baroque Ensemble Concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Frosh-Soph Play This Week
Tickets for the freshman-sophomore play, “Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” are available online for $6. Click here to order tickets. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Little Theatre portion of the Performing Arts Center.

Dance Auditions for Incoming Frosh
Incoming freshmen with dance experience who would like to be considered for Dance 2, 3 or 4 next year must attend placement sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, from 4:15-7:30 p.m. Attendance both days is required. For more information and to sign up, use this link.

Four Archers Win Titles at Kenosha Competition
Four students earned first-place honors Saturday at the Scholastic 3D Archery tournament at Kenosha Bowmen in Kenosha, Wis. Junior Emma Mural won the Bare Bow Female category, while classmate David Bayer took the Bare Bow Male competition. Freshman Caleb Rosendo captured the Bow Hunter Compound Male contest, and sophomore Jackson Esposito reigned in Olympic Recurve Male. Three Patriots placed second: senior Caitlin Goldberg (Bare Bow Female), junior JP Gordon (Bare Bow Male), and freshman Keith Carter (Open Male). Junior Rayna Finn finished third in Bare Bow Female.

Australia on Mind of Animal Welfare Club
The Chicago Tribune wrote recently about the Animal Welfare Club’s efforts to aid wildlife relief efforts in Australia, which has been ravaged by fires this month. Club members have been making dog toys and T-shirts to sell during a March 18 in-school fundraiser. Reporter Kaitlin Edquist talked with club sponsor Kathleen Sassan, as well as club members Stephanie Levitt, a senior, and Aimee Ward, a sophomore. Stephanie also is the subject of this Pioneer Press “Shout Out,” in which she talks about a variety of topics, including her current activities at school and the community, and her future plans. The club has been active throughout the school year, collecting supplies and raising money for local animal shelters.

Sophomore Enters Eagle Scout Ranks
Sophomore Alex Eilert formally received his Eagle Scout rank during a ceremony earlier this month. Alex, a member of Boy Scout Troop 198 in Mundelein, earned Eagle Scout status last summer. His project involved organizing and leading a two-hour musical event at the Moorings of Arlington Heights nursing home. The event featured 28 performers, of which 24 were Stevenson students.

First English Department Chairman Dies
Dr. Elmer Waldschmidt, the first English Department chairman in Stevenson’s history, died Jan. 13 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 88. Waldschmidt was part of the inaugural faculty when Stevenson opened in 1965. The Wisconsin native earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University, earning a Fulbright Scholarship. He completed his PhD in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. Friday at McMurrough Funeral Home, 101 Park Place, in Libertyville. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple Ave., in Libertyville. Click here to read the complete obituary.


Patriettes Earn Fourth Straight Sectional Crown, State Berth
The varsity Patriettes won the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Mundelein Sectional championship on Saturday, their fourth consecutive sectional title and sixth in the eight years that competitive dance has been an IHSA-sanctioned sport. Stevenson posted a winning score of 96.65, ahead of Lake Park (95.47) and 13 other schools. The Patriettes will compete in the IHSA state final preliminaries Friday at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. Their performance time will be announced today at this link. For state pep bus and ticket information, visit the Patriettes web page.

Boys Bowling Team Heading to State
The Patriot boys bowling team finished third Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Immaculate Conception Sectional at the Brunswick Zone in Glendale Heights, qualifying for this weekend’s state tournament near St. Louis. This will be the fourth time SHS has reached the state tournament; the other seasons were 2015, 2016 and 2018. Stevenson won the IHSA championship in 2016. Junior Joey Gluck led the Patriots with a six-game series score of 1,274. He was followed by classmate Ryan Grabiner (1,253), freshman Ender Starr (1,238), junior Nicholas Sternes (1,233) and junior Ryan Lerman (1,186). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Cheerleaders Win Seventh Straight NSC Title
Stevenson won its seventh consecutive North Suburban Conference varsity cheerleading championship, and ninth in the last 11 seasons, on Friday at Warren Township High School. Click here to watch the winning routine. The Patriots will compete in the Illinois High School Association Niles West Sectional on Saturday, seeking their fifth straight state finals appearance. Stevenson’s sectional performance is scheduled to begin at 5:58 p.m.

Other Weekend Varsity Results


Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Oak Park River Forest 2: The Patriots (25-19-2) scored all five of their goals in the second period at Ridgeland Common Ice Arena in Oak Park. Goals came from seniors Emmett BakerBrett Stokes and Andrew Slivka, sophomore Rafael Biedron and freshman Davis Jegers. Senior Itai Kleiman and junior Reece Polatsek each recorded two assists. Senior goalie Ben Newmark made 21 saves. – Boxscore


Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at Niles West Invitational: The Patriots captured the 15-team meet with a score of 138.075, edging out its closest competitor, Franklin, which had 137.225. Senior Emily Weinstein earned all-around honors (36.650), winning the uneven bars (9.3) and placing third on vault (9.5) and floor exercise (9.2). Freshman Ashley Schabes finished fourth in the all-around (34.900), tying for sixth on floor (9.05) and uneven bars (8.6), and tying for ninth on vault (9.0). Junior Ainslee Cutler (33.650) and freshman Emma Fang (32.875) were eighth and ninth, respectively, in the all-around. Ainslee finished fifth on balance beam (9.0) and Emma was ninth on uneven bars (8.55). – Official Results

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots tied Libertyville for second place behind Antioch, which won its first-ever county title. Freshman Lorenzo Frezza (29-4) won the 113-pound championship, while sophomore Cole Rhemrev (30-5) was second at 120. A trio of juniors took third place: Keegan Houlihan (24-6) at 285, Arie Guzman (23-14) at 160, and Alex Swidler (17-15) at 106. Junior Kei Yamato (26-10) was fifth at 132 while senior Matt Millman (6-2) was fifth at 195. Senior Ethan Klondar (6-9) was sixth at 138. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 52, St. Viator 33: The Patriots (20-6) reached the 20-win mark for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. SHS used a 15-0 run to close out the second quarter to overcome a 17-12 deficit to the Lions (7-11) in the Sports Center, taking a 27-17 halftime lead. Senior Avery King led all scorers with 17 points. Sophomores Simone Sawyer and Ava Bardic added 13 and 12 points, respectively. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 72, Warren 29: Senior Matt Kaznikov scored a season-high 19 points and classmate Matthew Ambrose added 18 points as the host Patriots (16-3, 7-0) remained on top of the North Suburban Conference standings. Matthew sank four 3-pointers and Matt hit three for SHS, which has won five games in a row. Junior Evan Ambrose added 10 points. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Stevenson at Great Lakes High School Championships: At New Trier, the men’s epee team took top honors, the men’s foil and women’s saber squads were second, and the women’s foil and men’s saber units placed third. The men’s epee roster included seniors Nitin NadellaAjay Singh and Sai Mandadi and junior Illia Svirinovskyi. The women’s saber roster had juniors Simran Batra and Emily Laureano, sophomore Yaci Li, and freshman Nicole Kim. The men’s foil quartet included seniors Aaron KimVerdhaan Sinha and Sudhamshu Dandu, and sophomore Stephen Yi. Seniors Aya TairaAnna Savina and Ekaterina Boriskina, and sophomore Shreya Sharma comprised the women’s foil roster. The men’s saber group included senior Jacob Chan and Steve Yoo, junior William Rademacher, and sophomore Albert Cheng.

Boys Swimming and Diving
New Trier 98, Stevenson 88: Sophomore Josh Song won the 100-yard butterfly (50.82) and also swam in the victorious 200-yard medley relay (1:39.19) with freshman Michael Wywrocki, junior Gordon Xu and senior Jake Kim. Other winners for host SHS (3-2) included senior Jack Zhang in the 200 individual medley (2:02.05), sophomore Jack White in 1-meter diving (258.00), and senior Ari Zaritsky, who tied for first in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.23).

Boys Ice Hockey
York 3, Stevenson 1: Senior Emmett Baker scored the lone Patriot goal, assisted by classmate Josh Wright and freshman Davis Jegers. Senior goalie Ben Newmark made 24 saves at Twin Rinks. – Boxscore


Girls Basketball
Stevenson 48, Lake Forest 25: Senior Avery King scored a game-high 22 points as the host Patriots (19-6, 6-3) won their seventh straight game. Avery also had eight rebounds and two steals during the contest, which was the team’s annual Think Pink/Kay Yow Night cancer research fundraiser. Sophomore Simone Sawyer added 13 points and a pair of steals, while classmate Ava Bardic added eight points. Senior Nikki Kolz grabbed seven rebounds. – Daily Herald

Quick Hits
Tonight’s junior varsity boys basketball game at Warren will be streamed live through the NFHS Network, beginning at 6:30. Use this link to watch.

National Honor Society Invitations Have Been Emailed
National Honor Society invitations have been emailed to all eligible sophomores and juniors, rather than sending letters through regular mail. The reason for the change is to reduce paper use, and to ensure the proper application link arrives to each student. Questions can be directed to the Student Activities Office.

Students Invited to Submit to the WIT
Do you want to see your published work in a magazine? The WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts journal, is accepting submissions in the following genres: poetry, prose, art, photography and music. Submit your pieces by March 16 to Mr. Barnabee at Include your name, ID, and the genre of the work. The WIT is open to all students.


Animal Welfare Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7064. In an effort to help with the catastrophic loss of animal life in Australia due to the wildfires, the club will be making dog toys and designing T-shirts for the upcoming March 18 fundraiser.


The girls badminton team will hold an information meeting for all interested athletes (freshmen through seniors) from 3:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Recital Hall. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Johnson at


A longtime Barrington High School mathematics teacher was fired last week after his work computer was found to have pornographic images. The action ended a case that began nearly two years ago with an investigation into his job performance.

Three Metea Valley High School students were disciplined after their participation in the latest viral video challenge damaged an electrical outlet in the school. The trio damaged the outlet following a video challenge on the social media platform Tik Tok. The challenge involved sliding a penny between a wall and a partially plugged in phone charger.


Teacher preparation programs are getting better at helping teachers equip students with the skills to become good readers, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality’s latest review of more than 1,000 undergraduate, graduate and alternative pathway programs. Compared to 2013, at least 10% more programs “now provide adequate instruction in each of the five components of scientifically based reading” — phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, the report said.

Online learning platform Coursera announced plans to offer a bachelor’s degree for the first time from a U.S. university. The University of North Texas will work with Coursera to offer an online bachelor of applied arts and sciences starting this fall that is tailored to the needs of students who have some college credit. This is the latest example of an online education provider trying to broach the undergraduate education market, though other attempts have yielded mixed results.

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